As soon as carried by Japanese farmers and samurai (a matchbox-sized piece has the caloric equal of a bowl of rice), mochi desserts have gone world. Constituted of pounded and molded rice dough, mochi can now be discovered wrapped round ice cream, stuffed into bubble waffles, and integrated (like rice flour) into the puff pastry to supply a extra elastic and chewy texture.
Michael Chang, proprietor of Mochiholic Japanese Mochi Donut, first skilled mochi donuts on the Mister Donut chain in Japan, the place he lived as a graduate pupil. The Fremont resident needed to carry the idea again to the East Bay, and after a check kitchen in his hometown, he opened a retailer in Pleasanton.
Some classics are all the time on the menu: Darkish Knight (chocolate Oreo crumbles), Kuro (black sesame), and Ichigo (strawberry). However Chang is consistently innovating, drawing inspiration from the seasons, present occasions and popular culture. He developed a banana taste referred to as BANANAAAAA for the launch of Minions: The Rise of Gru; icing pink with edible gold glitter and a sculpted strawberry for Mom’s Day; and Mangonada with mango and chamoy glaze, sprinkled with Tajín and sliced candy Pulparindo for Cinco de Mayo.
“We’re celebrating tradition by means of donuts,” says Chang.
When you’re there, seize some bubble tea and a bag of mochi combine to attempt making your personal donuts (or pancakes or waffles) at residence. mochiholic.com.